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GH is made by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain. GH helps children grow taller (also called linear growth), increases muscle mass, and decrease body fat. In both children and adults, GH helps control the body’s metabolism – the process by which cells change food into energy and make other substances […]
What is normal growth? At birth, a child is around 50 cm. Growth is maximum in the first year of life, about 25 cm per year. It gradually declines from birth to about 4 years. During the second year height gain is half of first year, around 12.5 cm and 6-7cm per year in third […]
There are several ways you can become deficient in GH, commonest one is after removal of pituitary tumour. Problem surrounding Pituitary gland, after radiotherapy, head injury, brain infection like meningitis, encephalitis you may become GH deficient. Although rare, Pituitary gland can become underactive in adults for no apparent reason called Primary Empty Sella Syndrome. How […]
Clinical Features The word Acro stands for peripheral parts and megaly means enlarged. Peripheral parts get enlarged giving rise to this facial appearance. Same happens with hands and feet. Treatment of Acromegaly Surgery of the Pituitary tumour is the treatment of choice, some cases do respond partially with Bromocriptine. There is a medicine available last […]